Wednesday 18th June 2003
Paul Gallagher, Mrs Margaret Ormonde, Mr David Miles, Mrs Anne
No apologies were received, but the following absences were noted:
Mrs Jill Verran Mrs Vera Bodman Mr Brian Warren Mr Bill Harper Mr Bob Cruickshank
of the last meeting (13th March 2003) were approved.
End Road Parking
Annette Hendry was to be contacted by Margaret Ormonde to see if there had
been any news on the car parking situation.
litter problem at Highdown School was still unresolved and although
teams of schoolchildren had been seen scouring the grounds they were
unsupervised and very little was achieved. It was hoped the school
could liaise with the Council Maintenance team in time for the autumn
term. A further letter was to be sent to Trevor Keable, Chair of
the Highdown Governing Body and a copy to Geoff Goldsmith, Clerk
of the same.
had been given that the pavilion was on the agenda for graffiti removal.
Paul Gallagher was to remind Andie Gillespie of this and establish
if a date had been set.
/ Replacement Trees
Two small saplings had been planted in Peppard Road and it was hoped the same
would happen in Courtenay Drive. A large Beech tree had been felled near the
junction of Fallowfield Close. There was very little consultation and a small
notice pinned to the tree had done little to reassure local people. The Council
were adamant the tree was unsafe because of a fungus, but there seemed to be
very little outward evidence of this. The Council had promised to notify EGRA
when future felling was planned so that consultation and notification with
concern residents could be ensured.
A white line had been painted along the inside edge of the path outside the
pub to make it safe. Although Greene King had been contacted about the cracked
paving, still no response had been received to the letter and no repairs had
been carried out. There had also been complaints about the number of signs
outside the pub, both on public and private property. Loud music coming from
speakers on the outside wall frequently upset local residents and, because
it seemed to be an ongoing problem, the Council had been informed. They were
to be contacted again for an update on the situation.
second edition of Emmer Green, Past and Present was now printed and
on sale locally. Once again it was proving to be extremely popular
and folk who had missed out first time round were highly delighted.
The copyright would remain with EGRA and a royalty fee of 50p for
each book sold was to be paid to the Association. A short article
was due to appear in the Henley Standard.
planning application for the former Heathcroft site was still pending.
No notification had been received from the Council about the forthcoming
appeal/application and it was only when an Association member rang
to express concerns that the chairman wrote a letter of objection,
only to find it had missed the closing deadline.
again the grass verges had become unacceptably overgrown, not just
in Emmer Green but the rest of the town too. Reminders were like
water off a duck’s back. Eventual mowing left many areas looking
like a hayfield. Reminders had also been sent about the Grove Road
hedge which every year poses a danger to pedestrians, particularly
the young and elderly. (The hedge has now been cut)
several months behind schedule, to the concern of many existing plot
holders, work on the refurbishment of the allotments was now nearly
complete. It had generated a lot of new enthusiasm and formerly vacant
plots were in a healthy state. There are still however gaps in the
hedge and concerns about its long-term survival. Assurances were
given that some replanting would be carried out in the autumn.
Due to the absence of the Treasurer, no report was read out.
the last committee meeting it had been collectively decided to withdraw
from representation on local committees as a way of making clear
our disappointment with lack of consultation from the Council. This
had been endorsed at the AGM. The following is the response from
Reading Youth Project
Sue Ballard had been the most recent representative and Dr Simon Bradford had
written to say how they had valued her contribution. Although he understood
our reasons for not sending a replacement, he hoped our actions would have
the desired affect and we would be able to resume our role in due course. It
was reported by David Miles that new youth leader, Lee Middleton, had an outgoing
personality and was promising for the future.
Emmer Green Committee member David Miles completed his year as Chairman of
this forum at the end of April. Derek Bartlett had written to David Miles thanking
him for his contribution. Jacquie Allan representing Ealing Housing Association
was to be the new Chair for the forthcoming year. She was to be assisted by
Vice Chair Alan Hopkins. The last meeting had been well attended and Chris
Bloomfield of RBC had thanked David for his chairmanship. A report highlighting
crime hot spots and how to reduce petty crime had been presented. Details of
the new capital bids budget was presented by Chris Bloomfield. A suggestion
that the Council select future Chairpersons was firmly rejected.
was regretted that EGRA were no longer to be represented in the
near future as part of the protest over lack of Council consultation.
In order to be effective this had to be complied with and it was
felt that by attending the meeting, one committee member had misunderstood
the situation. It was hoped things would be rectified before the
next SCF meeting.
Area Consultative Committee
now controversially disbanded, there was still the outstanding issue
of the grant for the village sign from the remaining capital funds.
There were two other projects under consideration and it was feared
Emmer Green was being sidelined in favour of the others. What was
more important was that we needed to be informed as soon as possible
if the final decision had been made.
Association’s chairman had attended the CADRA AGM in April
at which Bruce Manning had decided to stand down as the CADRA chairman.
CADRA also expressed grave concerns about lack of meaningful Council
consultation, but for the time being were going to adopt a pester,
rather than withdrawal approach.
of the new village sign were on display at the Clayfield Copse Woodlands
Day at the end of May. Dave Moore from the Council had been instrumental
in arranging the installation of the Caversham sign and was able
to undertake the same operation for Emmer Green. It was important
that the sign was as secure and vandal proof as possible. The area
needed to be checked first for any utility pipes. A formal unveiling
ceremony was scheduled for late summer /early autumn. The mayor was
to be contacted to see when she was free and it would hoped she would
be able to perform the ceremony in conjunction with a former resident
of Emmer Green who had made a major contribution with regard to information
and photographs for the Exhibition and Book.
Barnabas Garden Party
were to take part again this year on the 12th July. The theme was ‘The
Mad Hatters Tea Party’. It was agreed that we would both sell
'Emmer Green Walk' sheets for people to do at their subsequent leisure
and also devise a simple 'Treasure Trail' based on Alice in Wonderland
characters for the kids to do on the day. The possibility of getting
our own gazebo and display boards was to be looked into.
last time, it was hoped individual committee members would each contribute
and pass their summaries to the Chairman for editing. David Miles
agreed to write a short piece on the recent death of longstanding
Emmer Green resident Alan Perrin, who had been one of the earlier
secretaries of EGRA. David had passed on our sympathies to his family
at this difficult time.
Ormonde would put paragraphs together about the book and the web
Committee Membership for 2003-04
were still two vacancies on the committee, but a few people had expressed
an interest in joining, All had other commitments until later in
the year, but it was hoped it would not be long before the full compliment
Any Other Business
Barnabas Church Hall
feasibility study had been undertaken by the church regarding proposals
to demolish the old iron hall and rebuild a parish centre attached
to the church. At this stage just the congregation had been consulted
and shown plans and budgets. The next stage would be a wider consultation
within the community.
The recurring problem of flooding at the junction of Kiln Road and Peppard
Road had been mentioned to Bob Green and Chris Brown at their last surgery.
The chairman had also contacted Faber Thorndike of RBC who said flushing
of the culvert was already scheduled.
recycling wheelie bins
Red recycling wheelie bins had been spotted in areas of Caversham
and it was felt these were more practical than the small boxes. Not
all areas of Emmer Green were even covered by the boxes. It was felt
Reading’s way of sorting the re-cycleable materials was very
inefficient with teams of workers sorting by hand and some of it
going to landfill if it could not be done quickly enough.
Many people turned out for the second event of its kind, which was a great
success. Unfortunately this time round Friends of Clayfield Copse had had their
grant application refused and their funds were depleted. Congratulations were
offered to all those organising the event and it was hoped that EGRA could
make a financial contribution to the cause.
of next meeting
8:00 pm Thursday 11th September 2003 at 23 Tredegar Road.